Attendance at school is a legal requirement.
Absence from school
Please notify the school as soon as possible if your child is likely to be absent from school if he/she is ill. In order to authorise an absence we need to be informed of the reasons by letter or telephone to explain the absences. We are now required to register all “unauthorised” absences, which are to be recorded and reported annually to parents and Governors.
Repeated incidents of unauthorised absences are referred to the Attendance Officer.
A child’s absence may be treated as authorised:-
(a) by reasons of sickness
(b) on a day set apart for religious observance
(c) with leave granted by the Headteacher for exceptional circumstances
If the school is not informed or because of a reason different to those above, the absence is recorded as unauthorised.
Additionally if we do not hear from a parent we will contact them to establish why the child is not in school. This is a Safeguarding responsibility.
NO CHILD WILL BE ALLOWED OUT OF SCHOOL UNLESS YOU, OR AN ADULT NOMINATED BY YOU, COLLECTS THEM.
The Government guidance dictates our holiday request procedure in our Attendance Policy. It states that holiday requests will not be authorised unless there are strong exceptional circumstances. This reflects the national policy for absence outlined by the DFE. The reason for this is that the impact of taking holidays during term time on a child’s education often leads to gaps in learning and slower progress.